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>> pelley: after making a vow-- >> i don't want to be speaker. >> pelley: then swearing an oath, paul ryan takes the pledge. >> i do not want, nor will i sem the nomination for our party. >> pelley: also tonight, when hail freezes over. the southern plains, an assault by missiles of ice. how does the most popular vehicle in america do in a crash test? we'll show you. and allegations of rock 'n' roll larceny. "stairway to heaven" takes a step into court. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: that sound heard across america today was the speaker of the house slamming the door on the republican
presidential nomination. paul ryan will be neither a white knight nor a dark horse at the convention. here's major garrett. >> so let me be clear. i do not want, nor will i accept the nomination for our party. >> reporter: house speaker paul ryan, a favorite of some of the g.o.p.'s biggest donors, said he should noting eligible for his party's nomination at a contested convention. >> if no candidate has a majority on the first ballot, i believe that you should only choose from a person who is actually participated in the primary. count me out. >> reporter: the former vice presidential candidate has ruled out ambitious political moves before. >> are you going to run for speaker? >> i'm not. >> why not? >> because i don't want to be speaker. >> reporter: a month later. >> i do. >> reporter: ryan was sworn in as speaker. today he said this is different. >> being speaker of the house is a far cry from being president of the united states. >> reporter: ryan will serve as chairman of the july g.o.p. convention and acknowledged
delegation might turn to a new candidate if donald trump, ted cruz, or john kasich fail to secure the nomination. >> i would encourage those delegates to put in place a rule that says you can only nominate someone who actually ran for the job. >> reporter: trump, campaigning in new york today, suggested the nominating process is rigged. >> the rules are no good when you have to play dirty tricks in order to pick up delegates, okay? >> reporter: ted cruz said the real problem in the delegate fight is trump's team is uninformed and poorly organized. scoot, cruz said trump can't run a lemonade stand, and if he were a contest apt on "the apprentice" well, he'd have to fire himself. >> pelley: major, thank you very much. cruz isn't looking at lemonade. he's looking at lemons in next week's new york primary. trump has a commanding lead and kasich is second. cruz has the slimmest chance of winning the nomination in the remaining primaries, and kasich has no chance. both are essentially counting on the first contested convention in 40 years.
for kasich, there's a primary paradox. polls show that he is the only republican who would beat hillary clinton, but he has lost every nominating contest, except his home state of ohio. we spoke to the two-term governor and former congressman late today. the irony is you are the most likely republican to win in november and the least likely to be nominated. >> well, it's a little early to say that. i mean we have to get to a convention and when you get to the convention, it's going to be kind of a wide-open affair. >> pelley: how do you make the argument in america that the guy who get the most votes doesn't win? >> we've had 10 contested republican conventions, 10. and of the 10, only three times did the front-runner-- was the front-runner selected. seven times, it was somebody other than the front-runner. >> pelley: but you're number three. i can understand an argument--
>> so was lincoln. >> pelley: well, lincoln-- >> i'm not lincoln, but so was lincoln. >> pelley: and this ain't 1860, either. >> no, that's right. >> pelley: but, governor, you're not the front-runner. you're not second runner. you're way off, in third. >> right now. >> pelley: you could make an argument for the guy who came in second but that's not you. >> think of it this way-- coke, pepsi, kasich. you go to the store, you're with your spouse, and your spouse says, "i kind of like that kasich but i don't know that much about him." as we've seen more and more of my message be able to be communicated, we're getting bigger crowds and that will translate into delegation and delegates will translate into momentum. >> pelley: what's your tax plan? who gets a tax cut? who will get a tax increase? >> we will lower. it's sort of the reagan plan, 28, 25, 10% with 15% capital gain and increasing the earned income tax credit so people at the bottom are going to have the incentives to be able to make more money without being
punished. >> pelley: nobody gets a tax increase? >> no. >> pelley: do you tear out obamacare, root and branch, start all over again? >> you want to make sure anybody who has a preexisting condition can still get health insurance. that's absolutely critical. >> pelley: on foreign policy, we asked about isis, when he calls the barbarians. how do you destroy the barbarians, as you say? >> well, in the air and on the ground with an arab muslim coalition, like we had when we defeated saddam with western europe involved. >> pelley: u.s. combat troops on the ground, in syria, in iraq. >> sure. not designed to topple, not to be in the middle of a civil war, but basically to destroy isis. >isis. >> pelley: the kasich white house is going to war. >> let me just say it's not the kasich white house. it's all the civilized world that needs to go to war. >> pelley: what hardship in your life formed your character? >> well, my parents were killed by a drunk driver, 1987. that was tough. i mean, tough is an
understatement. as a kid, you know, i grew up in a blue collar town where if the wind blew the wrong way we saw people out of work. i mean, i had a great childhood but the most traumatic time in my life was the night i found out that one of my parents was dead and the other would be soon. >> pelley: where do we see your mom and dad in your campaign? >> probably, you know, in my heart and in my head. you know, my mother was very opinionated and very smart. undereducated, high school diploma, but came from a very poor family. my father had the twinkle in his eye, and he was the one that was connected to all the neighbors, as he delivered the mail, he delivered a lot more. he delivered compassion, and he delivered hope. and my mother always said, "johnny, shoot for the stars. change the world where you live." >> pelley: when you say you want to leave the convention united, can the party unite behind cruz? can the party unit behind trump? >> i think it's very, very hard for people to turn around negative impressions in a
relatively short period of time. listen, when i -- >-->> pelley: so, no, the party captain unite behind cruz and trump. >> well, the party could unit. we can say, "this is our person." but at the end, can they win? and in virtually ever-- as you mentioned at the top, virtually every poll, i am only one that beats hillary clinton. >> pelley: if trump is the nominee, you're not going to work for him? you're not going to campaign for him? >> let's wait to see who we have as a nominee, and i'll let you know because that way we can have another interview. >> pelley: governor john kasich. for the democrats, polls show hillary clinton with a double-digit lead in new york over bernie sanders. here's nancy cordes. >> we will win a major victory. >> reporter: if new york is his last real chance, sanders isn't leaving any arrows in the quiver, hitting clinton today on her speaking fees, her superpac, and her stance on trade, accusing her of a credibility gap. >> our job is to stand up to
these powerful special interests north carolina to the take their money. >> reporter: clinton's aides called it cheap politics and said the sanders camp had compleeptly lost its compass, though, clinton has gone on offense, too, as she attempts to dispatch with sanders once and for all. >> under the bright spotlight and scrutiny here in new york, senator sanders has had trouble answering questions. >> reporter: clinton had some trouble with the new york media today for a racially tinged skit he did with mayor bill de blasio. >> thanks for the endorsement, bill. ( applause ) took you long enough. >> sorry, hillary. i was running on c.p. time. >> reporter: c.p. time is short for "colored people time" slang in the black community for being late. clinton joked it stood for something else. >> cautious politician time. ( laughter ) i've been there. >> reporter: the clinton camp has had little to say about the controversial skit, beyond
graelg with de blasio that there was no intention to offend, and she just told "cosmopolitan" magazine that was de blasio's skit and that she would defer to him even though, as you can see there, scott, they appeared together. >> pelley: nancy cordes, nancy, thank you. today, north carolina's governor slightly modified a new law that limits protections for gays and lesbians. but the law still requires transadjourned people to use public restrooms corresponding with the sex on their birth certificate. david begnaud is in raleigh. >> as mark twain says it's never wrong to do the right thing. >> reporter: two weekes after he voted for the bill, democratic state representative billy richardson says he wants the law repealed. >> i was wrong when i voted the way i did, and it was incumbent on me to stand up as a man and say i was wrong and fix it. >> shame, shame, shame. >> reporter: h.b.-2 has provoke aid storm of criticism from gay, lesbian, and trand gender groups who say it
discriminated against them. social conservatives have been vocal in their support, but it has had an immediate impact on the state's bottom line. businesses in the capital of raleigh have already lost more than $700,000 from canceled events, another 16 groups are considering cancellations worth about $24 million, according to the state's tourist board. deutsche bank and paypal have frozen their plans to create 650 new jobs. as the fallout continues, governor pat mccrory is trying to defuse the protest with his executive order. >> and the people of north carolina are entitled to both privacy and equality. >> reporter: the governor's order seeks to restore the right to sue for discrimination but the state is not challenging the most controversial measure of the law, which restricts transgender bathroom access. for representative richardson, his reversal was personal. what did your daughters think about your vote in favor of h.b.-2? >> honestly, after the vote, she called me and said, "i'm disappointed."
>> reporter: how was that to hear that why your daughter? >> it caused me to look in the mirror, and reassess things. >> reporter: richardson said late today the governor's executive order doesn't go far enough. it doesn't do enough. scott, we also spoke with a transgender woman who said the law as it remains tonight vilifies transgender people and repealing it is the only option acceptable. >> pelley: david, thanks very much. storms are rolling again through texas. tonight, they are hoping it is not the hail they had been through already. here's omar villafranca. >> reporter: the hail looked like torpedoes being shot into this backyard pool in wylie, texas. and in surrounding homes, 70-mile-per-hour smashed through windows, leaving entire neighborhoods looking like this. tim tailor couldn't believe the damage to his home. >> that's more glass falling. >> reporter: cars in parking lots and driveways took a pounding, too.
jaime doggett's new truck now needs a back window. >> it was scary. it was definitely intense for a while. >> reporter: baseball-sized hail forced stephanie malhiot to ride out of storm with her four kids inside this closet. >> normally for storms, we grab the helmetes for the kids and we grab shoes for everyone but we didn't have time to do that. >> reporter: since january, there have been 188 hail storms across texas, compared to 82 last year. 30 of this year's storms have produced hail two inches or larger. a march 16 storm caused $600 million in damage. seven days later, hail caused $700 million in damage. meteorologist tom bradshaw. >> as we go into the latter half of april and certainly may we could very well see additional storms on this scale. >> reporter: bradshaw said it's been an unlucky year. for the last month, over texas there has been a perfect mix of moist air and instability in the aatmosphere, keeping hail
suspended in the clouds for a longer period of time, allowing them to grow larger before falling. >> this is really, really unusual. >> reporter: there is some good news, scott. there were no reports of any major injuries. >> pelley: omar, thank you. today, the house approved financial incentives for companies that are developing treatments for zika virus. but congress has still not put up the $2 billion that the white house has asked for. dr. jon lapook says researchers are learning more about zika every day. >> reporter: for researchers like dr. ernesto marques at the university of pittsburgh school of public health, working on zika for the last year has meant playing catch-up. >> it was thought it was a benign virus that wouldn't cause any significant harm to human disease, and it turns out it causeses all kinds of problems that we never imagined. >> reporter: the problems in newborns including microcephaly,
an abstemious normally small brain at birth-- and damage to nerve tissue in the eye. but there's emerging evidence of neurological problems in adults, too, clght inflammation of the brain and circ a form of paralysis. and a week ago, the case of a 15-year-old girl with inflammation of the spinal cord. these new reports of rare complications are surprising researchers. after a study of zika-infected patients in brazil, the author concluded, "there is strong evidence that this epidemic has different neurological manifestations than those referred to in existing literature." c.d.c. deputy director dr. anne schuchat says researchers are just starting to learn why the virus may be so dangerous. >> in animal studies of the zika virus, it seems that the virus is attracted to nerve tissue or brain tissue. and so we worry that in humans, that this virus may destroy nerve tissue or attack brain
cells. >> reporter: to keep this in perspective, most people who get zika recover completely after a relatively mild illness. dr. schuchat told me the focus remains on preventing pregnant women from getting infected. >> pelley: jon lapook for us tonight, jon, thank you. still ahead, how america's top-selling vehicle performed in a crash test. and new video reveals what we didn't know about the murder of a super bowl champion when the cbs evening news continues.
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iihs vice president raul arbelaez. is this sector doing well enough in these crash tests? >> this vehicle class is not performing as well as we'd like to see. >> reporter: all of the truck met federal safety standards but the insurance institute's tests are more igerous. iihs has looked at large extended cab pickup pickups andd small overlap front end crashes. the test simulates part of the trick hitting a pole at 40 miles per hour. the insurance institute says those types of accidents account for about a quarter of driver and passenger deaths. the lowest safety score, the dodge ram. test video shows parts of the truck collapsing into the driver's seat. >> there's likelihood of being entrapped in the vehicle, serious likelihood of injuries to lower extremities. >> reporter: two g.m. pickups, the silverado and the sear double cab anded justin trudeau double cab all scored acceptable. automakers' todd lassa. >> these tests are important because they are going to be
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>> pelley: it's considered one of the greatest rock songs of all time, but does "stairway to heaven" begin with plagiarism? anthony mason tells us the day of judgment is coming in federal court. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: those unmistakable opening chords have helped the 1971 song "stairway to heaven" earn a reported $550
million. but a rival band says led zeppelin stole them from their instrumental written three years earlier. the song "taurus" appeared on spirit's debut album. when led zeppelin first toured america in 1968, they opened for spirit. "i'd say it was a ripoff," spirit's front man randy california said in a 1997 interview. "and the guys made millions of bucks on it and never said thank you." california died that year, but a judge has finally found the similarity substantial enough to go to trial. do they have a case? >> well, i think they do. >> reporter: steve gordon is an entertainment lawyer. i think most musicians would tell you they borrow from each other. >> or they're inspired by each other. >> reporter: so when does it cross the line? >> when they're so similar that an ordinary person listening to
both would think that they were substantially similar. >> reporter: that can get expensive. in march of last year, marvin gaye's children were awarded $7 million when a jury found robin thicke and pharell williams' hit song "blurred lines" copied gaye's classic "gotta give it up." the statute of limitations means randy california's estate can only sue for future earnings from "stairway to heaven". it could still be millions. >> it woul could be millions. >> reporter: and if the jury sides with spirit... ♪ there's a lady who's sure >> reporter: all that dplitters could finally be gold. anthony mason, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: that's the cbs evening news. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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